FILM 2005 - Hollywood Film

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

Hollywood is the most powerful film industry in the world. Most of us are familiar with its products as consumers seeking entertainment, but this course adopts an analytic view to reveal that there is so much more to be enjoyed. Taking this course will permanently enrich your understanding of the films you see every day. It covers Hollywood's history from the early twentieth century to the present day. You will have the opportunity to engage with key films and genres, and you will consider influential critical perspectives. You will acquire a detailed understanding of the significance of Hollywood as an artistic, industrial and ideological centre. Course activities and assessments will help you develop skills research, analysis and communication that are transferable to many contexts.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FILM 2005
    Course Hollywood Film
    Coordinating Unit School of Humanities
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible ENGL 2057
    Course Description Hollywood is the most powerful film industry in the world. Most of us are familiar with its products as consumers seeking entertainment, but this course adopts an analytic view to reveal that there is so much more to be enjoyed. Taking this course will permanently enrich your understanding of the films you see every day. It covers Hollywood's history from the early twentieth century to the present day. You will have the opportunity to engage with key films and genres, and you will consider influential critical perspectives. You will acquire a detailed understanding of the significance of Hollywood as an artistic, industrial and ideological centre. Course activities and assessments will help you develop skills research, analysis and communication that are transferable to many contexts.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Joy McEntee

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

    1. analyse films in terms of their formal, aesthetic and generic qualities
    2. demonstrate knowledge about the Hollywood film industry’s history
    3. read and interpret film criticism and apply it to academic argument and discussion
    4. write logical and coherent analytic arguments based on film analysis and appropriate research
    5. use relevant technologies to complete assessments (e.g. for research)
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1,2,3,4

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1,2,3,4

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3,4

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    4,5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1,2,3,4

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    2,3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Provisional

    Films will be screened and are available on DVD through Barr Smith Library High Use, but it is strongly recommended that studetns buy films on which they plan to write for assessment so they can watch and rewatch. 

    Hail, Caesar! (Coen Brothers 2016)
    The Kid (Chaplin, 1921)
    Gold Diggers of 1933 (LeRoy 1933)
    Citizen Kane (Welles 1941)
    Sunset Boulevard (Wilder 1950)
    Brokeback Mountain (Lee 2010)
    Imitation of Life (Sirk 1959)
    Bonnie and Clyde (Penn 1967)
    Alien (Scott 1979)
    Goodfellas (Scorsese 1990)
    Get Out (Peele 2017)
    Nomadland (Zhao 2020)
    Online Learning
    This course will make active use of MyUni. 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Screenings, lectures, seminars, readings, assignments. 
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    156 hours per semester. 
    Learning Activities Summary
    1 x screening per week. Up to 3 hours
    1 x lecture per week. 1 hour
    1 x seminar per week. 2 hours. 
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary


    Component Summative or formative Weighting Words equivelanet Courrse Learning Outcomes
    Discssion board posts or journal Discussion bpard posts: summative and formative
    Journal: summative
    20% 1000 1,2,3,4,5
    Essay Summative and formative 35% 1500 1,2,3,4,5
    Take home exam Summative 45% 2000 1,2,3,4,5
    Assessment Detail

    Component Description Weighting Words equivalent
    Discussion boards or journal Students will either complete discussion board posts distrubited throughout the semester OR submit a learning journal at the end. This will give students an opportunity to reflect on films and readings.  20% 1000
    Essay Students will write an analytic, argumentative research essay on films from the first 6 weeks of the course.  35% 1500
    Take home exam Students will write an analytic, argumentative research essay on films from the last 6 weeks of the course. 45% 2000
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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